Grandi Randi: SB splits on Kelsey's grand slam

Grandi Randi: SB splits on Kelsey's grand slam

CLEVELAND -- After a wild finish in game one, the Heidelberg University softball team dropped the second game of its last regular season twinbill to Case Western Reserve University on Sunday afternoon. The Student Princes took game one, 6-5, in eight innings, before being no-hit in the nightcap, falling 9-0.

Heidelberg ends its regular season slate with a 25-12-1 record.

Renee Lovett led the HU offense with three hits on the afternoon. Senior Randi Kelsey had one hit -- her first career grand slam -- in game one.

GAME ONE: Heidelberg 6 Case Western Reserve 5 (8 innings)

For the second time in as many games, Heidelberg played in an extra inning ball game.

The Spartans got on the board first in the bottom of the second inning. Annie Wennerberg led off the inning with a single and stole second. With two outs, Melissa Cuellar lined a shot down the left field line to plate Wennerberg.

Casey Moore led off the fourth with a single up the middle. Shelby Miller attempted to sac bunt her to second, but the CWRU defense elected to throw to second and Moore beat the throw, putting runners at first and second with no outs.

After Bailey Smith reached on a swinging bunt, the big blow came off the bat of senior Randi Kelsey. On the first pitch of the at bat, Kelsey drove a ball over the left field wall for a grand slam. The blast was the senior's first of the season, third of her career.

CWRU answered in the bottom of the frame by knotting the game at 4 . After a leadoff double, the Spartans scored their first run of the inning on a fielding error by HU. With two out and two on, Emily Nishawaki drilled a doubled to the centerfield fence to score both runners.

The Student Princes took the lead in the top of the sixth. With two runners on, Erin Chapman's squeeze bunt was popped up. With the infield charging, the ball was popped up over the pitcher's head for an RBI bunt single and a 5-4 Heidelberg lead.

CWRU put its first two runners on in the bottom of the seventh, and they advanced to second and third via sac bunt. With one out, starter Chapman gave way to freshman Kaitlyn Moore.

On Moore's first pitch, the Spartans tied the game with a sac fly to centerfield. CWRU was unable to push the second run across, as Moore struck out the final hitter of the inning.

With the international tiebreaker rule in effect in extra innings, the Berg started with Bailey Smith on second. Kelsey successfully sacrifice bunted her over to third, putting the go-ahead run 60 feet away. Smith scored on a wild pitch to take a 6-5 lead.

In the bottom of the eighth, the home team left runners stranded at second and third to finish the win of HU. Kaitlyn Moore earned her 12th win of the season, striking out two in 1.2 innings.

GAME TWO: Case Western Reserve 9 Heidelberg 0 (6 innings)

Case Western Reserve's Katie Dzierwa threw a no-hit, six-inning shutout in game two. Dzierwa walked on and struck out one over the six innings.

The Spartans held a 4-0 lead heading into the bottom of the sixth inning,, with the biggest blow coming off a three-run home run in the third.

CWRU capitalized on Heidelberg errors in the sixth to score five runs, bringing the run-rule in effect.

Kaitlyn Moore (12-6) suffered the loss in game two. The freshman surrendered seven runs, three earned, in 5.1 innings of work.

UP NEXT

The Student Princes have already clinched the No. 2 seed in next weekend's Ohio Athletic Conference Tournament, hosted by Otterbein University. With two wins this afternoon, Capital has claimed the No. 3 seed. First pitch on Friday will be at 10 a.m.